Iginla hits 30 — again

Flames forward Jarome Iginla salutes the crowd after scoring his 30th goal of the season during a...

Flames forward Jarome Iginla salutes the crowd after scoring his 30th goal of the season during a game against the Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., March 13, 2012. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

CALGARY - Hitting the 30-goal mark is nothing new to Jarome Iginla.

It’s the 11th straight season the Calgary Flames captain has been a member of the 30-goal club.

The way he scored it Tuesday night was not new to the Saddledome faithful, either.

Defenceman Mark Giordano steped out of the penalty box and picked off a clearing pass by San Jose Sharks blueliner Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Giordano skated into the zone and fed a cross-ice pass to Iginla, who scored his 30th of the season with his patented one-timer.

“Gio made a nice steal right out of the box,” Iginla told TSN during the second intermission. “He made a nice pass to me right in the wheelhouse.

“It was nice to see it go in the net.”

Flames head coach Brent Sutter said Iginla is a force when he’s on his game.

“Jarome is a guy who can play the game any way you want to play it,” Sutter said. “But he’s scored goals because he’s a guy who can shoot the puck. He’s not a playmaker. He’s a shooter. He’s a goal-scorer.

“When he’s engaged, he’s tough to play against, because he’s such a powerful guy. For him to do that 11 years in a row, it’s a heck of an accomplishment.”

Only six players have strung together longer 30-goal streaks.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr and Mike Gartner lead the way with 15 straight seasons of 30-plus tallies.

Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito and Bobby Hull did it 13 years in a row, while Marcel Dionne was a 30-goal club member for a dozen years.

CALGARIAN COMES HOME

T.J. Galiardi has worn three different jerseys on Saddledome ice.

And the former Calgary Hitmen star loves the look of his new teal duds.

“I’m really enjoying it,” Galiardi said of his time with the Sharks. “It’s great.

“The systems are a little different, so I’m working my way in, trying to get the coaches’ trust.”

That’s something he wasn’t able to do in Colorado, and the Avalanche traded the 23-year-old to San Jose at this year’s NHL trade deadline.

“I kind of expected it, to be honest,” said Galiardi, who also played a season with the AJHL’s Calgary Royals.

“We had a game that day, and I wasn’t in the lineup, so that makes you think. I don’t think it was much of a secret that the (Avs head) coach (Joe Sacco) and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. I don’t know what happened, but it doesn’t matter any more.”

On paper, the Sharks have a lineup that should be challenging for top spot in the conference.

Instead, they’re in a life-and-death struggle for their playoff lives.

Galiardi said his new team just hasn’t been able to play a complete game recently.

“I’ve only been here for six games, so I haven’t seen everything,” Galiardi said. “But it’s just putting everything together at once.

“One day, we’ll have great goaltending and won’t be able to score. Then, we’ll score, but our defensive zone won’t be as good.”

The Calgary product understands the pressure Canadian teams are under to make the playoffs.

He said there’s a similar sense of urgency in San Jose.

“Everybody talks about San Jose being the team that people are waiting to step up and make a run to the Stanley Cup,” Galiardi said.

“They’ve had years where they’ve walked right into the playoffs. Maybe the adversity will help us this year. With how tight the standings are, every game is important.”

IN THE CORNERS

The Flames finally got a player out of sick bay.

Winger Blake Comeau returned to the lineup Tuesday night after missing four games with a shoulder injury.

He said he was happy to rejoin his teammates.

“Especially this time of year,” Comeau said. “It’s a fun time of the year.

“No one wants to be sitting in the stands watching, so I’m excited to get back.”

Sutter said earlier in the day he would take his time before deciding whether to insert Comeau into the lineup.

“I’ll decide after warm-up,” Sutter said. “I want to see how he feels when he comes back to the rink and then after he feels after warm-up, then I’ll make that decision.”

OFF THE GLASS

Sharks C Logan Couture’s goal 53 seconds in ended Calgary’s franchise-record equalling streak of scoring the game’s first goal in 11 straight tilts. A second goal by Couture early in the third game gave him 30 goals this year … Flames LW Curtis Glencross’ seven-game goal-scoring streak also ended when he was tossed for boarding late in the opening frame … Since Todd McLellan took over the Sharks bench at the start of the 2008-09 season, his club has the best winning percentage in the NHL (.656) … Sharks D Dan Boyle is second in scoring among defenceman since the lockout ended (345 points). Only Detroit Red Wings superstar Nicklas Lidstrom has more.

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